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My avatar

By Cactus Pete ·
Ya'll get your own vote, though I have it out there in general discussion land, too. In response to the following pm I received, should I change the avatar or no?

One of your fellow TechRepublic members has sent you a private message:

From: jgeverett@...
Subject: Violent image
I am curious, no, disturbed, by the violence in your animation. Why did you feel this was the way you wanted to present yourself to the world? Even if you meant it as a joke, humor comes from somewhere. Is this really how you want people to see you?

Not that I am saying "don't do it". I am just sharing that I did not care for it. And it did not impress me with an image of professionalism, empathy, maturity, mental balance, or an ability to objectively solve and kind of user-related issue.

Advice from a former technology recruiter - don't include this with your resume, or where any prospective employers may see it.



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Well I hire people for tech and I'm probably an old fart to boot.

by sleepin'dawg In reply to My avatar

I dig it and if you were in my area and came looking for a job with me, it wouldn't turn me off and might even get you in the door ahead of someone else everything else being equal. But then what the **** would I know; I only have 700+ employees and look at my avatar.

Any company or anyone put off by your avatar is probably not a company you would want to work at in the first place. Note: I said work at not for. I tell everyone they work for themselve, they just happen to do what they do to assist us in what we are doing. Make no mistake about it though, I'm in charge and the one ultimately responsible for keeping the balls in the air. If you make me drop one, I am going to want to know why. But maybe I'm weird, your avatar intrigues me more than it offends me.

BTW I got a message this morning commenting on my avatar, a different source but a dumbass comment all the same. Ignore it.

Dawg ]:)

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I like the puppy

by Tig2 In reply to Well I hire people for te ...

I like the fact that it communicates a great deal about you, providing one has the wit to look.

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Dawg I hope you pointed out

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Well I hire people for te ...

That the Puppy was yarning in the picture as it wants to go to sleep and you're keeping it up past it's bed time.

Col ]:)

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Smorty has spoken

by Jaqui In reply to My avatar

in the other thread the immortal phrase:

keep it.

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When this "avatar" thing started

by jardinier In reply to My avatar

I liked yours best of all, and felt frustrated that I do not have the technical knowledge to create an animated avatar.

So please keep thumping those people who make stupid posts.


Well you have inspired me to change my avatar to something more appropriate (and easier on the eye).

The rose is "Mr Lincoln." It has a strong fragrance and is generally considered to be the best all-round performing dark red rose.

[Edited to change avatar]

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You're nuts!

by CharlieSpencer In reply to When this "avatar" thing ...

"Chrysler Imperial".

Finally, a debate worth having. Enough of this "Linux vs. Windows" crud.

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You're both nuts!

by apotheon In reply to You're nuts!

McGowan is my favorite Rose.

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Flowers Rubbish

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to You're nuts!

Give me a Nepenthes Rajah any day of the week at least I can chop up the end users and feed the plant. :^0

The Nepenthes also have the added advantage of having fowl smelling flower spikes so they drive most people away to leave them and me in peace.

Col ]:)

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by jardinier In reply to You're nuts!

They keep introducing new varieties and dropping many of the better known ones. In Sydney Mr Lincoln is always readily available.

Well here's another challenge for you. In my experience the rose (also dark red) with the heaviest fragrance of any rose is Papa Meilland. Can you do better than that?

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Unfortunately, I've never smelled one

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Availability

Stateside both Lincoln's and Chrysler's are readily available at almost any garden shop.

For fragrance, the best I can offer is Angel Face, Blue Girl, Sterling Silver, or most of the other "blue" roses. Unfortunately, black spot is rampant in the humid southeastern U.S. and hybrid teas require twice-weekly attention here to really keep it at bay.

My overall favorite is red "Don Juan" climber, but I'll admit it's not very fragrant.

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